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2013. 11. 15

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New Athletics Center named in honor of Marty Holly

Marty Holly Athletics Center (1)

Click here to see more photos from the Marty Holly Athletics Center naming ceremony.

The new $4 million facility supporting The College of Idaho’s athletic program will be named in honor of longtime Athletic Director Marty Holly.

The Marty Holly Athletics Center, now under construction on the C of I campus, is slated to open late next summer and will be the first new building on campus since the Village Apartments were completed in 2002.

“Under Marty Holly’s leadership The College of Idaho’s athletic program has reached new levels of excellence,” C of I President Marv Henberg said. “Our student-athletes are recognized nationally for their outstanding performance in athletic competition as well as their high achievement in the classroom.”

Earlier this year, Holly was named the Cascade Conference Athletic Director of the Year for the second time in the last five seasons. Eight C of I teams finished in the Top-15 at their respective national championships during the 2012-2013 season, including a national runner-up finish by the women’s cross country program. Coyote athletes also captured nine national championships – one in cross country, three in indoor track, three in snowboarding and two in outdoor track. Last season the Coyotes also had 69 Cascade Conference All-Academic team honorees, 39 NAIA or USCSA Scholar-Athletes, and six Capital One Academic All-Americans.

Holly is in his 33rd year at the C of I, and played an instrumental role in the reinstatement of the College’s football program, which will begin competition in fall 2014.

“This College is so close to taking off on a national stage,” Holly said. “I believe that from the bottom of my heart, and if this building helps in any way, then I am so proud to have my name on it.”

Naming the building after Holly was an idea carried out by C of I alumni and supporters John Bequette ’78, Linda Bequette ’89 and Jim Grigsby ’82, who have combined to contribute more than $400,000 toward the building.

The Marty Holly Athletics Center will provide training and support facilities for the College’s student-athletes, including the reinstated football team. A second phase of the project will add a $1.2 million Outdoor Education Center to the facility and bolster the College’s programs for all students to enjoy the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature.

For more info about the Marty Holly Athletics Center, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/footballcampaign.

A Song in Her Heart: Jordan Bowman shares her love of music on stage

Jordan Bowman

Bowman in 'Pericles' (photo by Fred Loucks). Click here to see her perform this weekend.

When Jordan Bowman was 3, her parents bought her a toy microphone and she used it to belt out Christmas carols year-round.

When she was 4, Bowman sang into a real microphone for the first time, performing "America the Beautiful" during an Independence Day festival in Melba.

Eighteen years later, Bowman’s passion for singing is stronger than ever. The College of Idaho senior and aspiring opera singer has compiled an impressive resume at the C of I, taking advantage of every opportunity to share and expand upon her vocal talents.

“The excitement I feel when I am singing is something that I really love,” Bowman said. “When I’m performing, I feel like I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Bowman, a graduate of American Falls High School, is majoring in music (applied voice) with minors in theatre, health, psychology and music performance. She is involved with virtually every performing group on campus, including Scarlet Masque theatre club, C of I Chorale and Chamber Singers, C of I Opera and the a cappella sextet Major Sixth.

In just three-and-a-half years, Bowman’s list of credits includes the plays The Hot L Baltimore, Pericles, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the current production, Baby with the Bathwater. She also has starred in the operas Tales of Hoffmann, The Telephone and Semele, which she directed.

“I’ve been very lucky to have gotten the parts I’ve had at this school,” Bowman said. “I think one of the best things The College of Idaho has to offer is that if you want to take a leadership position, it’s there. You have to work, but if you’re willing to do that, you can do some really awesome things.”

During her extra-busy senior year, Bowman estimates she sings for about 4 hours every day, dividing her time between classwork and performance events. Her hard work paid off this fall as she received an Irene Ryan Scholarship nomination to take part in an acting competition during the spring 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Boise. She received the honor while portraying Helen, the female lead in Baby with the Bathwater.

“Two things about Jordan: She’s brilliant, and she’s a professional,” said Kathy Simpson, the C of I adjunct theatre instructor who is directing the show. “She loves theatre, she loves the art, and she loves the work. Even when she’s exhausted, she’s truly committed to doing the best job possible.”

C of I music professor and choir director Dr. Brent Wells concurs.

“Jordan’s the best,” Wells said. “She’s extremely talented, but even though she recognizes that she’s good, she’s also very willing to work hard and improve. She has a very bright future as a performer.”

In January, Bowman will deliver her final performances on the Langroise Center stage during Mozart’s The Magic Flute, an opera she is both directing and starring in. The dual workload is a huge undertaking, making it a perfect fit for Bowman’s C of I swan song.

“It takes a lot of hard work and collaboration to effectively create your artistic vision for a show,” Bowman said. “I’ve learned so much here just by doing. Dr. Brent Wells has been such a great support. Dr. Mari Jo Tynon has pushed me to overcome my vocal fears. I’ve learned so much about theatre and performance from Joe Golden and Mike Hartwell.

“I recently watched a video of a performance from freshman year, and I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I wouldn’t have gained those skills if I didn’t come here.”

Coyotes defeat NNU for United Heritage Mayor's Cup

Mayor's Cup

Click here to check out more photos from the game on the C of I Flickr page.

Scott Garson’s home debut as The College of Idaho men’s basketball coach turned into a night no one in attendance will forget for a long, long time.

Junior guard Demetrius Perkins scored 23 points and senior forward Taylor Pruett added 21 – including a dagger four-point play during a decisive second-half run – as the Coyotes defeated arch-rival Northwest Nazarene 93-83, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the rivalry and bringing the United Heritage Mayor’s Cup back to the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

“The guys played with poise and gave their very, very best,” Garson said. “Demetrius and Taylor got us off to a great start. They played with confidence and did a great job leading the way and not being afraid. That’s something we talk a lot about – we respect our opponents, but we don’t fear anyone.”

Junior guard Josh Wilson scored 13 points and fellow junior Sydney Donaldson added 11 in his first action of the season for the Coyotes, who won the 193rd meeting of Idaho's oldest collegiate basketball rivals. Perkins scored the game’s first bucket, sparking an early run as the Coyotes grabbed a 13-7 lead. NNU made several runs and briefly tied the game on two occasions, but the Crusaders never led.

Midway through second half, a 13-0 C of I run punctuated by Pruett’s made 3-pointer while getting fouled electrified the packed house of Coyote faithful and effectively put the game out of reach.

“I was feelin’ it,” Pruett told reporters after the game. “I definitely wanted it, especially since it’s my senior year. Everybody wanted it.”

The Coyotes, led by Perkins (13-for-19), made enough free throws down the stretch to keep the Crusaders at arm’s length. After the final buzzer, the Mayor’s Cup trophies were presented to Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas and to Garson, who held the Cup high for the delirious crowd and then passed it off to his jubilant players, most of whom had never beaten NNU.

Ten players saw game action for the Coyotes. Freshman guard Manny Morgan had a team-high six assists, senior guard Zach Peterson led the team with eight rebounds and junior guard Jordan O’Byrne chipped in eight points and five assists. Joe Vaz, the team’s 7-foot-1 junior center, contributed six points and two blocked shots off the bench.

“I’m happy for the guys, especially our seniors,” Garson said. “This is a great step for our program. We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of things we can improve upon, but I hope our fans enjoyed our style of play and the energy that our team played with. And I hope it brings them out again and again, because that was one fun atmosphere to be a part of.”

C of I honored for assisting first-generation students

ALAS 2013

The 2013 members of The College of Idaho's Association of Latino-Americano Students

The College of Idaho’s success in helping more first-generation Latino students graduate is featured in a new report by the Council of Independent Colleges titled “Making Sure They Make It! Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students.” The C of I also is featured on the recently launched CIC/Wal-Mart College Success Awards website www.cic.edu/CollegeSuccessAwards. The report summarizes the experiences of 50 colleges and universities that received grants from CIC/Wal-Mart Foundation to help strengthen programs that support the education of first-generation students.

The C of I received a $100,000 grant in 2008 from the CIC/Wal-Mart College Success Awards program to enhance programming specifically for first-generation Latino students. At the time, the College enrolled 51 first-generation Latino students, a number that has more than doubled thanks to initiatives that include adding scholarships for students with financial need and creating a common area with laptop computers in McCain Student Center specifically for Latino students.

“The goal of the program was to attract first-generation Latino students to the College and to do everything we could to help them stay in school,” said Arnold Hernandez, director of multicultural affairs at the C of I. “And it has worked. The grant has allowed us to generate a sense of home for Latino students on campus, and the students are graduating at a rate of more than 80 percent.”

The grant also enabled the C of I to bolster its ESL and Spanish language resources on campus, helping fund new software, computers, Spanish-speaking tutors and enhanced academic offerings. The grant money also helped sponsor a variety of leadership and cultural enrichment activities including an annual Latino cultural dinner, a family orientation program and career awareness events.

The College of Idaho and the 49 other participating institutions were selected through a competitive application process. Forty institutions received $100,000 and ten received $50,000 to help build upon programs that showed the greatest promise of increasing retention of first-generation students. These College Success Award recipients worked together as a network to assist first-generation students, to learn from one another, and to serve as models for other colleges and universities. All winning schools had an undergraduate enrollment comprised of at least 30 percent first-generation students.

Click here to see The College of Idaho's CIC/Wal-Mart College Success Awards profile.


Every Friday

Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History hosts public open house, 1-5 p.m., Boone Hall basement. Click for more information.

Fall 2013

College Events Calendar

November 15

C of I Association of Latino Americano Students 19th annual Cultural Dinner, 6 p.m., Simplot South Dining Room. Catered by Acapulco Mexican restaurant and featuring guest speaker Dr. David Gabbard, professor of bilingual education at Boise State University.

November 15-16

C of I Theatre presents 'Baby with the Bathwater,' 7:30 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre. Click for more info. C of I students receive a free ticket!

November 16

Caldwell Fine Arts presents the Ballet Folklorico 'Quetzalli' de Veracruz, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Auditorium. Click for tickets and info.

November 17

C of I Theatre presents 'Baby with the Bathwater,' 2 p.m., Langroise Studio Theatre. Click for more info. C of I students receive a free ticket!

November 17

'A Night at the Opera' Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m., Langroise Foyer. Includes a sneak preview of the upcoming C of I opera 'The Magic Flute' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated and will go toward the C of I opera program.

November 19

C of I Peace Corps info session and application tips, 5-6:30 p.m., Simplot South Dining Room. Click for more info, or contact Idaho rep Erin Erickson at [email protected] or (206) 239-6624.

November 20

Guest lecturer Dr. Samantha C. Harvey presents 'Transatlantic Sublime, Romanticism and the Hudson River School of Landscape Painting,' 3:30 p.m., Boone Hall 103. Sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.

Through November 22

Order your holiday pies from Bon Appetit! Made-from-scratch pies are available for $12. Choose from Dutch apple, spiced pumpkin and Bourbon Street sweet potato. Orders due by 5 p.m. Nov. 22. To order, please contact Larisa Gavrilyuk at (208) 459-5390 or [email protected]

Through December 6

Rosenthal Gallery of Art presents 'Short Stories,' an exhibition of mixed media sculpture by Boise artist Sue Latta, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (weekdays), Blatchley Hall.

December 2

C of I Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m., Morrison Quadrangle. Come out for a night of caroling, hot chocolate, a message from President Henberg and a special holiday keepsake!


Cross Country Championships (15)

Congratulations to the C of I women’s cross country team, which won the Cascade Conference Championship meet Nov. 9 at Brothers Park in Caldwell! Hillary Holt defended her individual title and was named Runner of the Year, while teammates Sora Klopfenstein, Lila Klopfenstein, Sarah Johnson and Ruth Lewinski also made the All-CCC Team and Pat McCurry earned Coach of the Year honors. The No. 2-ranked Coyotes advance to the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. The men’s team, which placed third in the conference, also advanced to nationals. Click here for photos from the CCC meet and read all the latest news at www.yoteathletics.com.

A call for artists! Hey Yotes! Join us for the eighth annual Langroise Holiday Arts Fair, set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Langroise Foyer. Artistic creations of all types are welcome! There is no entry fee, but a small percentage of sales will benefit the C of I Kenneth Mann Scholarship. For more details or to sign up, contact Dori Johnson at (208) 459-5831 or [email protected].

C of I alumni John Bequette ’78 and Linda Bequette ’89 – the co-chairs of the steering committee raising funds for the College’s reinstated football program – have announced a $250,000 gift to help build the new Marty Holly Athletics Center. The gift follows the couple’s earlier $150,000 donation to help reinstate the Coyote football program.

College of Idaho student Margarette Pierre-Louis and her "Water for Peace" project recently were featured in the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Murdock Conference

Congratulations to C of I student Dannen Wright, who recently won the Dr. John Van Zytveld Award in the Life Sciences at the Murdock College Science Research Program Conference in Vancouver, Wash. Wright received the top honor for her oral presentation on the effect of cadmium on type I collagen in the extracellular matrix of osteoblast-like Saos-2 cells. Wright, a biology major, has been working with Dr. Sara Heggland for the past two years studying cadmium toxicity as it relates to bone health. C of I students John French (biology), Necia Hunter (chemistry) and Cavan Gerrish (chemistry) also presented at the conference. Pictured (left to right): French, Wright, Dr. Heggland, Hunter and Gerrish.

Apply for a student research grant! The College of Idaho’s Student Research Grant program is seeking applications before the Nov. 25 deadline. All full-time C of I undergrads are eligible to apply for up to $500 toward conference travel and $1,000 toward project equipment, supplies and travel. Click here for more information or apply by contacting Professor Jim Angresano at  459-5207 or [email protected].

C of I alumna and veteran courtroom artist Zella Strickland '62 recently was featured in the Idaho Statesman's weekly "Business Insider" section. Strickland has spent more than 30 years sketching scenes from inside Idaho's federal courtrooms.

The College of Idaho's recent naming of the Marty Holly Athletics Center received coverage from several media outlets, including the Idaho Press-Tribune, KTVB News Channel 7, the Idaho Statesman, the Boise Weekly and KIVI Channel 6 News.

College of Idaho Homecoming

Congratulations to the red-hot C of I volleyball team, which won 16 of its last 18 matches to capture the Cascade Conference regular-season title for the eighth consecutive year! The Coyotes are hosting the CCC Tournament this weekend at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center, taking on Southern Oregon at 7 p.m. tonight in the semifinals. The championship match is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. Come out and support our ladies! Go Yotes!!!

The College of Idaho's 93-83 men's basketball victory over rival Northwest Nazarene made headlines across the Treasure Valley. Check out front-page coverage in the Idaho Press-Tribune, a column by IPT sports editor Tom Fox, an IPT photo gallery and video highlights from KTVB News Channel 7, which also broadcast the game live.

C of I music professor and jazz director Rob Walker has written a new work for concert band titled “Sounds of Lincoln” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The piece will debut in concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.

The College of Idaho football program and its potential economic impact on Caldwell and the Treasure Valley recently were featured on the front page of the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Caldwell native and Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens recently wore a College of Idaho t-shirt under his racing tunic while winning Breeders' Cup Classic by a nose aboard Mucho Macho Man. KTVB News Channel 7 had the story.

College of Idaho English professor Scott Knickerbocker and his old-time string band, the Hokum Hi-Flyers, have released their debut album, The Original Hokum Hi-Flyers. The CD is on sale for $12 at the College Store inside McCain Student Center. You can also find the Hokum Hi-Flyers on Facebook.